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Firefighters remove expanded container of hazardous materials from hospital

The cause of the chemical reaction is currently unknown
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FILE PHOTO—Guelph General Hospital. Kenneth Armstrong/GuelphToday

On Thursday May 21, 2020 at 9:45 p.m., the Guelph Fire Department responded to a report of a distended container, containing chemicals, at 115 Delhi Street, the Guelph General Hospital. Firefighters arrived at the scene and were advised by hospital staff of the location of the container.

Hospital staff advised Guelph Fire that a two litre container used to dispose of medications had expanded to a level of concern. Firefighters proceeded to the 2nd floor of the hospital where the container was located.

The container was carefully removed from the floor and placed in a hazardous materials salvage drum. The salvage drum was sealed and brought to the hospital’s Hazardous Containment Room.

There were no injuries to hospital staff or firefighters during the removal of the potential hazard.

The cause of the chemical reaction is unknown at the time of this report.

The Guelph Fire Department would like to thank the staff at the Guelph General Hospital and Canutec for their assistance during this incident.